How to know when it’s time to quit your job

It’s normal to have off days and even off weeks where you’re just not excited to be at work. It is called work after all. But once those few days turn into months or even years it’s time to re-evaluate why you’re here.

Imagine waking up every morning and the first thought that goes through your mind before your eyes even open is “ugh I really don’t want to go to work today”. This is a reality for thousands of people, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some signs that it might be time to move on.

1. You feel financially stuck

The number one reason most people stay in a job they don’t like is because of the pay. They fear that they won’t be able to find a higher paying job or any job that can financially support them. This is a very reasonable concern. You don’t want to walk away from your job with nothing to land on.

But if we ignore pay for just a moment and I told you that you could have any job you wanted and you’d be making the same amount of money as you are now, would you take it? If the thought of walking out of the office that one last time is something you dream about, maybe it’s time to start looking in to other options.

2. You’re fighting with coworkers

There comes a point where coworkers can get on our nerves, it’s to be expected. But when those small annoyances turn in to complete meltdowns at work and all you do is complain about work when you’re not at work, for your sake and the sake of those around you, it’s time to move on.

3. You feel depressed

While work isn’t all there is to life, it’s a major part of our day to day. When you spend 40+ hours a week being miserable, you’re bound to have some lasting effects. For myself, this became apparent when I was crossing the street to get to work and I actually found myself HOPING that a car would hit me, even if that meant having to go to a hospital. Just so I wouldn’t have to be at work. Now that’s a pretty extreme example but if you’d rather do something really unpleasant like spending a whole day at the DMV or lighting yourself on fire than go to your job, somethings up.

4. You daydream about dramatic ways to quit

We’ve all seen the iconic movie clips of people storming out of their office never to return again. Or people letting their boss know exactly what they think of them before quitting on the spot. Everyone has moments where they’d like to tell their boss they suck, but when it becomes a daily thought, you’re in trouble. “Id love to tell him to just F off and walk out” you say to your friends, but you never do (and you shouldn’t! Good references are invaluable).

Typically it pays off to leave work on a high note. If you quit yourself you’re giving yourself power over your own destiny instead of waiting to be fired. I can tell you from my own experiences leaving a job you hate is the most freeing and euphoric feeling. It also allows you to keep your relationships from work in tact and keep a reference for your next job.

If you’re reading this article, it’s safe to say you probably already know you should quit your job. There’s nothing wrong with leaving a job that no longer serves you. It’s time to start saving up, and start looking for your next chapter.

So let me know in the comments, when did you know it was time to leave a job you no longer loved?

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